Travel Systems

 

The Top 10 Best Travel Systems


What is a Travel System?

Let’s start with what a travel system is. A travel system is a package deal of a infant car seat, car seat base, and stroller. The stroller adapters make it easy and convenient for you to move baby back and forth from your vehicle to your baby’s stroller without having to take baby out of the car seat. The car seat snaps right onto the stroller’s adapters and then you’re ready to go. Some travel systems are sold together and others you can mix and match to create your own. Many strollers take a “universal” adapter giving you that flexibility to use your favorite car seat along with your favorite stroller. You absolutely must have a car seat and strollers play a significant role as well, so it is always more simple to just pay one price for it all if possible. Lets face it, baby gear can run the tab up fast so travel systems make a lot of sense.

 Let’s take a look at some of the best travel systems that the market has to offer:

Britax 2016 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System

Britax 2016 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System, Black

Why We Love It: This Britax is designed to take up less space in your vehicle while also minimizing side-to-side movement. The stroller is lightweight, maneuverable, and simple to fold because of it’s aluminum frame. It features a 3-wheel configuration with swivel front wheels and a convenient one-hand fold. The Click & Go System allows you to easily combine the car seat to the stroller

Safety Features:

  • Features the Britax-exclusive SafeCell Impact Protection system

  • Steel frame for strength

  • Base that compresses to absorb energy during a collision

Additional Features: The car seat features side impact protection due to its deep foam-lined shell. It comes with a stroller, infant car seat, and base

Price: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Lightweight Stroller, Easy to Use, Easy Assembly

Cons: “Crazy” Front Wheel

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Graco Aire3 Click Connect Travel System

Graco Aire3 Click Connect Travel System, Gotham

Why We Love It: Graco’s Aire3 Click Connect Travel System comes with a stroller, infant car seat, and base. The stroller is sleek and lightweight weighing less than 22 pounds and has 3 wheels. It folds with one hand and locks automatically plus stands for simple and easy storage. The has a multi-position, flat-reclining seat, a parent’s tray with zippered storage, two cup holders, and an extra-large storage basket

Safety Features:

  • Convertible three-or five-point harness making it safe and convenient as your baby grows

Additional Features: It features an adjustable extra-large canopy with a zippered extension panel. The travel system includes the Snug Ride Click Connect 30 infant car seat, one of America’s #1 selling infant car seats

Price: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Lightweight, Easy to Assemble, Convenient

Cons: Car Seat Hard to Detach from Stroller

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Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System

Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System, Finley 2015

Why We Love It: The lightweight stroller features a one-second fold and has a multi-position reclining stroller seat that lies flat, and an extra-large storage basket. It includes a tray with storage and a cup holder that conveniently pivots out of the way. The travel system includes the Snug Ride Click Connect 30 infant car seat, one of America’s #1 selling infant car seats

Safety Features:

  • Features Graco’s multi-position recline

Additional Features: The front swivel wheels with suspension providing superior maneuverability and a smooth ride. Has a deluxe, padded stroller seat

Price: $-$$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Click Connect System, Easy to Fold and Unfold Stroller, Great Price

Cons: Lack of Cushioning

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Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect

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2015 Graco Fastaction Fold Sport Click Connect Travel System, Gotham

Why We Love It: The Graco Fastaction Jogger has the comfort and convenience features of a traditional stroller with the performance of an all-terrain jogger. It features the one-hand Fast Action fold and it has Click Connect technology allowing for a quick and easy one-step, secure connection of the infant car seat to the jogger

Safety Features:

  • Deluxe, padded, multi-position reclining seat

Additional Features: Locking front swivel wheel provides an easy transition from daily strolling to jogging

Price: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Folds Easily, Click Connect System, Sturdy

Cons: Heavy, Bulky

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Graco Modes Travel System

Why We Love It: The Graco Modes Travel System includes the Graco top-rated Snug Ride Click Connect 35 infant car seat providing 10 versatile riding options. The reversible stroller seat allows baby to face you, reclines flat to create an infant carriage, and convert to a forward-facing toddler seat

Additional Features: Convenience features include lockable front-swivel wheels for increased maneuverability, one-handed standing fold, pivoting child’s tray with upholders and a parent’s storage tray

Price: $$-$$$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Sturdy, Lightweight, Easy to Assemble

Cons: Wheels Wear Easily 

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Chicco Cortina CX Travel System

Chicco Cortina CX Travel System, Iron

Why We Love It: The Chicco Cortina CX Travel System Stroller features the one-hand fold, has multiple positions, a fully-reclining seat and adjustable leg support. The seat has “Memory Recline” that remembers the position you last had baby in. It includes an adjustable, removable canopy with a peekaboo window, independent toe tap locking brakes, and a 5-point harness

Safety Features:

  • 5-point harness with one-pull adjustment

  • Thickly-padded infant insert for extra support for smaller babies

  • Energy absorbing foam for improved impact protection

  • The Recline Sure spring-loaded leveling foot and Ride Right bubble level indicators are located on either side of the seat

Additional Features: It has a large basket that is accessible from the front or back. The front wheel has suspension and the stroller has a height adjustable push handle. It also features a parent tray with cup holder and storage and compartment

Price Range: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Easy to Collapse, Good Quality

Cons: Heavy

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Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, Phantom

Why We Love It: This stroller features a lockable front swivel wheel for jogging or a swiveling motion for easy maneuverability. It features both a parent tray and covered storage as well as a child tray, and a large storage basket. The push handle is extra wide, ergonomically shaped and foam padded

Safety Features:

  • Energy-absorbing foam for side impact head protection

  • 5-point safety harness

  • Reflectors

Additional Features: It features a multi-position reclining padded seat with an adjustable 5-point safety harness and tether strap as well as reflectors on the footrest

Price Range: $

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Great Price, Lightweight, Good Quality

Cons: Limited Reclining Positions, Heavy

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Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System

Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Papyrus

Why We Love It: The Bravo Trio System is designed to be used with the #1 rated Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat. This travel system provides three unique modes, the first mode for young infants. The seat and canopy can be easily removed revealing a lightweight car seat carrier. It features a multi-position reclining seat, all wheel suspension, one-hand fold, auto-positioning wheels and a self-standing compact folded position

Safety Features:

  • Features linked rear brakes

Additional Features: When your baby outgrows the KeyFit, the Bravo is a full featured toddler stroller, Includes a convenient parent tray with storage and cup holders

Price Range: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Easy to Use, Collapses Easily, Good Quality

Cons: Heavy, Thick Material

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Graco Comfy Cruiser Click Connect Travel System

Why We Love It: The Graco Comfy Cruiser Click Connect Travel System is one of our favorites because it not only is super affordable but also features the top-rated Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30 Infant Car Seat. It has a multi-position, reclining seat, child’s tray with a built in cup holder, a parent’s tray with two cup holders and a large storage basket beneath the child seat that can be accessed without disturbing baby. It comes with reversible body support that can transition between the car seat and stroller giving you the choice between two stylish fashion options. Of course like any travel system, you can move the car seat and attach it to the stroller without ever taking baby out

Safety Features:

  • Locking front-swivel wheels w/ suspension

  • Convertible 3- or 5-point harness

  • Stroller holds children up to 50 lbs

  • Car seat: rear-facing infants from 4-30 pounds and up to 32″

Additional Features:

  • Child tray pivots out of the way for easy removal

  • One-hand, self-standing fold opens and closes easily

  • Comes w/ car seat base

Price Range: $

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Lightweight, Easy To Maneuver, Price

Cons: Difficult Strap Adjustment On Car Seat

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Safety 1st Smooth Ride Travel System

Why We Love It: The Safety 1st Smooth Ride Travel System is a great option for keeping the price tag down without sacrificing on style and comfort. It features agile wheels that provide maximum maneuverability around corners and flip-flop friendly brakes making it effortless to put the stroller into park. It includes a canopy with a special flip out visor for additional sun protection and also a large peek-a-boo window to keep an eye on your little one. It also keeps us parents in mind with both parent and child trays as well as an extra large storage basket to hold your essentials

Safety Features:

  • Rear facing 4-35 pounds

  • Side Impact Protection

  • Extra newborn support with head and body inserts

  • 4 harness heights

  • Exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards

Additional Features:

  • The onBoard35 LT infant car seat provides your baby with a superior fit for maximum safety

  • QuickClick lets you securely attach the car seat to the stroller with one simple click

  • Fast Folding and Self Standing

Price Range: $

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Soft Padding, Lightweight, Easy to Open/Close

Cons: Wheels Not All Terrain, Small Straps

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